Guitarist for Shkayla

Bassist for Guerrilla Jam


Reviews from magazines, public figures and guitar manufacturers:


UK's Guitarist Magazine: "Coventry acoustic virtuoso Si Hayden has experimented in a variety of unconventional musical contexts - from live drum 'n' bass and jazz to Celtic and Spanish classical - than this solo-guitar instrumental outing lets on. All the songs were recorded on a resonator and. impressively, it was all done in just a single take. His technique shows the fingerprints of other musical forms, but for the most part, it's a mixture of blues and folk staples - with alternate picking, slide and percussive slaps evident throuout. Hayden wrings the most out the resonator's steely attack, offering up a bevy of harmonics and rhythmic possibilities along the way. Its no small feat to walk the line between accessible melody and fleet-fingered flash as expertly as this. "Standout track: Time Out For fans of: Tommy Emmanuel, Bert Jansch, Isaac Guillory" 


Jazzwise Magazine: "Coventry-based guitar virtuoso Si Hayden played original compositions using a variety of techniques – fast fingered arpeggios, percussive slaps, flamenco strums, and with repeated use of the neck/fretboard showed he wasn’t afraid to take risks. A dazzlingly up-tempo version of Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ was particularly impressive.

Benjamin Zephaniah: "It's really nice to hear new music with real musicians, I do a lot of programmed music, but there is something organic about poetry and well tuned musicians. And Si's work is just great, the double bass playing is spot on... it really sounds like the musicians overstood the poetry. Nice one."


Tony Skipper/Lord Mayor of Coventry: "A few years ago I bought Si's 20th album, remarkable! On calling on him for my inauguration celebration here at the Guildhall, I have since learnt he's on his 42nd! For me, he is the best musician in Coventry!"


Chris Davis/HSBC Coventry Jazz Festival: "Si's fantastic technique and style on the guitar always goes down a storm at the festival and it was great to welcome him back!

AFG Guitars: "There's a nocturnal quality to Hayden's live playing that adds a patina of mystery and charm to this recording!"


Gilad Atzmon: "Incredible! This boy can play; we are going to cook something together"


Armstrong Guitars UK: "Makes a guitar sound like a harp"


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